Clerk robbed

January 14, 2009 Kristy Stewart was working the overnight shift at Exxon Tiger Mart at Southside around midnight Tuesday when things went from routine kitchen chores to facing a shotgun in the hands of a masked man. "Kristy said she was in the back getting breakfast stuff ready when she heard the door open," Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens said.

Council ups garbage tipping fees

January 14, 2009 Garbage pickup fees will soon be going up in the city of Batesville. The current rate for residential customers is $10.50. Tuesday night, the city council raised garbage fees to $12 a month per home, except for residents age 65 or older or who have a household income of under $10,000 annually. For those who meet such requirements and provide proof, the fee is $8.50.

City to seek 1-cent tax

January 14, 2009 Groceries have gone up. Cable bills have gone up. Phone, electricity, gas - the prices of any products or services have gone up in the last nine years. Except for the city of Batesville's wastewater services.

News of other days

January 13, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 25, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Batesville, the town that gave the University of Arkansas its great basketball and football player, Tom Murphy, has sent another goal shooting basketeer to the Razorbacks. He is Don Lockard, a sophomore forward on this year's Porker team.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 13, 2009 Life Lights program raises funds for patient care Life Lights, the annual holiday fundraising campaign to benefit patient care at White River Health System (WRHS) facilities, raised over $11,000 for the purchase of medical technology, according to a news release.

Area Briefs

January 13, 2009 UACCB, Bethel A.M.E. to host Martin Luther King celebration In August 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. On Sunday, this year's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be "a dream come true," according to Willene Harper, who has helped coordinate the celebrations for 30 years.

Proposed pipeline discussed

January 13, 2009 ASH FLAT - It's a numbers game. If enough people sign up to use natural gas in Evening Shade, Sidney, Ash Flat, Highland and Hardy - and perhaps in the Grange area in the eastern part of the county - they likely can get the service, engineer Stewart Noland told those attending a meeting concerning the proposed project on Monday.

City slashes agreement with sheriff

January 13, 2009 CALICO ROCK - A 28-year interlocal agreement between the city of Calico Rock and Izard County for law enforcement protection was the topic of conversation Monday night when Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence met with members of the Calico Rock City Council.

Johnston leaving Ozarka

January 13, 2009 MELBOURNE - Ozarka College is on the hunt for a new president. Dr. Dusty Johnston has announced he will be leaving at the end of February, as he has taken a position with Vernon College in Vernon, Texas.

Permits decrease

January 13, 2009 "It's dismal." That is the overview of new construction in Batesville from Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure. Businesses are closing, and right now there are few prospects for new commercial construction in 2009.